GameMaker Studio 2 Engine Could Lure 1,000 Developers to Nintendo Switch

Since its release in March of 2017, the Nintendo Switch has enjoyed a steady stream of major and minor developers coming aboard. It’s easy to see why. The system is developer-friendly, fun to use, and, most importantly, insanely popular.

Today, GameMaker Studio 2 Engine masterminds Yoyo Games announced they have launched an open beta for its Nintendo Switch licensed edition.

GameMaker Studio 2 is a 2D game development engine that has been used to create such indie game mega-hits as Undertale, Hyper Light Drifter, and Hotline Miami.

News of this engine getting a licensed Nintendo Switch release is music to the ears of small-team developers, who have long hoped for a pipeline to painlessly bring their games to a system that is perfect for 2D games.

How painlessly? With this licensed edition, games made with GameMaker Studio 2 can be directly exported to run on Nintendo’s console. We’re talking a few clicks of the mouse.

YoYo Games General Manager, James Cox, issued this statement today:

“Since announcing our relationship with Nintendo, to launch the GameMaker Studio 2 Nintendo Switch license edition, we’ve been contacted by over one thousand developers who want to bring their GameMaker titles onto Nintendo’s record-breaking console…”

1,000 is a big number, and one that continues to grow as more and more people flock to rapidly growing install base of the Switch.

The full commercial launch of the Nintendo Switch license edition is expected to drop next month.

Indie games appear to have found a perfect fit on Nintendo’s hybrid console. What games are you still hoping get ported to the Switch? Let us know!

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